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Mike Michaelson

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  1. I applaud you and your teams decision move forward with this constructive mentality. My general dramatic statements have been prior to this very well received and largely agreed with, yet never acted upon when the interest levels were at a much more significant level. The reason I made them was because I didn't want to see things devolve and degrade to the point that they have recently. Feel free to browse my content history for context. I hope the new staff team can identify with the overall frustration that is still harbored by many current and prior members. This stems from their time investment and enjoyment here, as well as their persistent disappointment in how the decision making continued to be contrarian in nature to what the community at large was requesting The fact that many of the problems have been identified, restructured, and is moving forward in a positive manner is fantastic news.
  2. I think that before anyone is willing to give this community yet another chance (who currently won't) there needs to be a significant indication that the leadership style and decision making has taken a 180 degree turn from what FloppyPancakes had been imposing on a unwilling community for years. This doesn't need to be lengthy, but you won't have anyone to subjugate with these new rules if there is nobody playing here because of these type of decisions.
  3. In my first reply, I failed to discuss second chances in detail. Maybe we can give the community a second chance, and maybe the staff can give some of the persons I listed, and even those whom I missed a second chance. My initial reaction to the Mod Team post was somewhat fueled by frustration as the server has been nearly empty or completely empty on days and times when we were used to seeing 30-40+ people. It would be nice to see people give things a second chance over this weekend. There is so much good, and enjoyment that countless persons have contributed to in this community over the years. I am going to be on tomorrow, and I hope others are equally inclined to do such.
  4. First, let's talk about making people want to play here. Second, while I understand people make mistakes, the leadership of this community seems EXTREMELY quick to throw someone to the curb regardless of time spent and invested. Mind you these are my opinion, but I strongly stand behind them. Justin Creed situation? Absurd. The guy WAS a member of the community for how many years? Again, he made a mistake, and years of time and dedication, gone. Paco Garcia situation? Poorly handled and communication was nonexistent. I have proof of this. Sure what he did was wrong, but 3 days ban wrong? Without any communication? Shredxt situation? FFS talk to the guy or give him a warning, or some sort of strike system. For all the work he put in, he gets full IP banned at every level for something done in good faith for RP reasons. All the good things he did development wise, gone because he made a MISTAKE. Box truck being Fail RP announcement as the event is unfolding, when it has NEVER been against the rules (there simply isn't an alternative). Staff have done a very good job recently in removing some of the toxic, and negative newer members of the community. Staff can definitely do better. Next, lets talk about development choices when it comes to staff. STOP RESTRICTING AND REMOVING START GIVING MORE FREEDOM AND PUNISH ABUSE ACCORDINGLY For the sake of this discussion, lets use Tazers as an example. An issue for the longest time, was thought to be IMPOSSIBLE to allow the public to have access to. Initially there was an influx of stupidity, but after a while it settled down and usage became normal for the most part, and to my knowledge there is not an abundance of complaints since their implementation. Things that would make the server more fun: Aircraft being allowed to be used or associated with crime in a limited capacity (right now it's a server rule break to even hold a pilot up, or for a pilot to do crime in any capacity). Universal vehicle "put in/take out". Just do it, stop making these petty arguments of "EMS RP loss" or "Abundance of Fail RP". Restrict weapons in some way, everyone having easy access to high power weaponry is nutty. Things that will make the server great again, and IMO should have top priority: Housing Businesses Large Content Releases that can be accompanied by advertising for the community The goal here isn't to point the smoking gun at the developers, the idea is to shed some light on how many of us feel based on things that have unfolded the last few months. If there is retaliation because I decided to speak my mind here, that's fine, I feel good about voicing my concerns. I hear it all the time that development is significantly influenced by staff and in particular by the owner. @Floppy Pancakes It starts with you and trickles downward through the community. The moment I posted a fun idea and something possibly creative to do in RP that was taken from a clip on my stream I shared, it was met with "that's probably ban-worthy". Imagine on my end, where i'm trying to go out of my way to make fun and dynamic scenarios that can unfold, and subsequently I get a swift kick in the balls from the owner. Now all the sudden everything I am thinking of doing that is new and unique is followed by "well, am I going to get banned for this too?" Sucks. Please focus your energy on making this a FUN place to RP, where abusers of the (hopefully) new and fun restrictions are punished accordingly and made an example of. Lastly i'm going to state that overall I feel that the vast majority of choices, and the amount of effort that is invested have been both good and appreciated. Some of these recent things have really taken the wind out of the sails so to say for people. Don't take the negative tone of this post to heart. There is a lot of good things happening and that have happened, but lately it's been a very bumpy ride. - Mike
  5. Just hanging out with my good police friends after some interactive arts and crafts at Ace Liquor. @Jericho Bane @Emilia Kali (I know i'm going to prison forever now...)
  6. On a long holiday weekend too! Hope you don't have duty, and happy birthday!
  7. Anyone want to SWF, feel free to message me or add my steam profile: Wutface or Gaijin(JP).
  8. @Emi Suzuki I'm currently in Osaka for a few days to visit the consulate. Next time I am in Tokyo I will have to come say hi. Headed back to Iwakuni after that! We will have to chat in TS sometime about Japan.
  9. @Jasmine Kali Sure, go for it. I'm 7 followers from 100, and i'd like to get my stream on the forums list if possible.
  10. I'll share some pics of the little man. 28 days old.
  11. Like I have mentioned in another thread, I am willing to fund a paid developer position for the server. The final amount could be discussed, but I had something along the lines of $500 a month for consistent content creation and bug fixing. Depending on your situation that amount might be life changing if you have the skills, and a normal job isn't your thing. I am also sure that other members of the community could contribute to increase that monthly amount. Ultimately I enjoy the servers and the community, and am willing to pay out of pocket to see it consistently improve and grow.
  12. I have money, but not the skills to code or time to learn to do so. I would happily contribute significantly to a developer or developers to work part or full time on improving the servers, and by doing so expand the community. I think it would be a fantastic idea to give financial assistance to those whom selflessly work to make the servers better on a regular basis.
  13. Well here we go. My wife's water broke on the evening of the 13th, and we went to the hospital as planned. We spent the next few days with her being in pain due to contractions. I asked the doctor to perform an epidural as my wife was in agony from the contractions and exhaustion (nerve block of most pain from the middle spine down). An epidural is common in America, but uncommon in Japan. The doctor attempted this, and failed twice. No low pain birth for her. From that point until today they have been giving my wife pain meds and trying to have a natural birth, as here a C-section is last resort. At around 1700 JST+9 on May 20th, the doctors came into the room in a large quantity, and had the ultrasound machine. Afterwards the doctor called away for an emergency c section. I later found out this was due to my son entering a temporary death state. I actually got all of it on my GoPro IRL, scary stuff. Fortunately after a short surgery, Ryu was delivered at 3426 grams or a bit over 7.5lbs. He is huge and very tall compared to the average baby in Japan. From what we can tell both he and my wife will be fine and recover quickly. If you find me in server (as I have about 1-2 months off work for the baby, and mostly work from home) please don't mind a bit of background noise. This community really helped me through the last week, and has been a nice distraction to the very real and scary situations that have unfolded the last week. Couple of pictures. See you all around town, and thanks to everyone, as it is you who makes the community special. Respectfully, - Mike
  14. From Northern California, but have been in Japan since 2017. I live near Hiroshima, and encourage everyone to bucket list a Japan vacation. This country, its people, and everything about it are amazing.
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